the article looks quite good, so there are just a few minor details that
come to my attention:
(I'm not a native English speaker, so maybe there are some linguistic
flaws that I didn't see...)
> xine compared to livid/OMS
Nothing about the VideoLAN project?? They have a working DVD player, too:
Near the end of this article, you write:
> xine's position on css
> xine doesn't contain any css-specific code
> (including any code that dynamically links to libcss at runtime - could
> such technical tricks really help on the legal situation ?)
I dislike the part in brackets. This is quite an essential point, so IMHO,
it should be said very clearly, motivating an in-depth discussion. I would
prefer something like:
Xine doesn't contain any css-specific code. It doesn't even include code
that dynamically links to libcss at runtime. Such technical tricks
probably don't help anything from a legal point of view, do they?
Btw: Don't sentences have to start with a capital letter??
The last two paragraphs are a bit unclear, at least to me...
> There are already enough ways to break copyright law in connection with
> DVDs (simply copying the whole DVD as it is - including the encryption -
> on an industrial scale, for example. Or using widely available, illegal,
> software for the Windows platform) - we aren't asking to legalize any of
(insert paragraph here)
> What we are asking for is that the MPAA recognizes that it is
> very bad manners to not let customers choose their preferred way of
very hard to understand. better: to keep customers from choosing...
> privately viewing content that they paid for. We hope to get permission
> to include decryption software into xine.
> If you are a DVD customer: write to the people at the MPAA, tell them
> about our position. Maybe it would make sense to organize some sort of
> petition for free DVD playing ?
Some kind of address would really be nice here. Or even a prepared
petition. Either in electronic form (to be PGP-signed) or a simple list
that can be printed out, signed by hundreds of people and sent to the
Btw: Is the MPAA _really_ the right address? AFAIK, they only have to do
with US DVDs, but aren't there similar organizations all over the
world? I'm sure, there must be some global organization, much like the
IFPI (http://www.ifpi.org/) for music...
A quick search pointed me to the DVD CCA:
(very complete page about them: http://www.lemuria.org/DeCSS/cca.html)
But again, the legal situation is quite unclear to me: Who is responsible
in Germany? In Europe? Australia? Japan??
If we can't answer these questions, maybe we should just ask them in the